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Spotlight Series

Broaden your awareness of opportunities for partnership and community collaboration. 

The Academy's Spotlight Series features federal programs and initiatives that highlight innovative ideas and partnerships. Webinars are led by Guest Speakers from the Academy.

Who Should Attend? Spotlight Series webinars are open to all employees and partner representatives of Federal Agencies.

Tuition: There is no cost for Spotlight Series webinars.

 2018 Spotlight Series

Improving Communities through a Collaborative Vision and Conservation Financing: The Baileys Trail System

Dawn McCarthy, PhD, US Forest Service

Seth Brown, Quantified Ventures

Thursday, October 25, 1:00 – 2:30 PM EDT

This webinar will share insights into a Pay for Success model program, which will determine how impact investing can be used to fund recreational infrastructure on public land.

The Baileys Trail System in Wayne National Forest accommodates mountain bikers, hikers, backpackers, trail runners, and nature watchers. As a premier recreation destination for visitors from Columbus, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington DC, Baltimore, Richmond, Roanoke, and Blacksburg, the Baileys Trail System is leveraging private investment to improve the health and well-being of the people from Athens County, Ohio to the mid-Atlantic.

An 88-mile premier mountain biking destination on 9,000 acres east of the Mississippi, the Baileys Trail is an opportunity to revitalize one of the most underserved counties in the state.

The US Forest Service is working with Quantified Ventures on this pilot Pay for Success project to determine how impact investing can be used to fund recreational infrastructure. 

The Webinar Recording is Now Available

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This webinar was recorded on November 6, 2018.

Spotlight Series Recordings

  • Fishers and Farmers: Watershed Leaders Network, Heidi Keuler, USFWS

    Change only happens at the speed of earned trust. How do diverse stakeholders move from finger pointing to collaboration? How can you share your agency’s expertise and also show respect for local knowledge? In the Upper Mississippi River Basin, farmers are taking the lead to improve water...

  • Moving Back to the People: Understanding Asset Based Community Development, John Titre, USFS

    How do you unlock community talents to better address a community’s current and future needs? How can you support decision making for “wicked problems” that are mired in controversy, polarity, and argument? How do you connect your agency’s mission to community needs like rural jobs, youth...

  • Partnering With Private Landowners, Jess Jackson, USDA NRCS

    How do you build partnerships on working landscapes? Do you have a project that might benefit from working with NRCS? How can you collaborate with landowners to meet your goals? The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is a federal agency that works hand-in-hand with the American...

  • Historic Route 66 Corridor Management Plan, Doran Sanchez, BLM

    Join us for a visually rich tour of the Mother Road, with Doran Sanchez, Partnership Outreach & Development Specialist, BLM California Desert District, Barstow Field Office. Hear how the Historic Route 66 Corridor Management Plan in California is helping to preserve and celebrate the nation’s...

  • Getting Seniors Outdoors, Randy Thoreson, NPS

    Getting Seniors Outdoors invites you to think about multigenerational connections to public lands. How can you integrate seniors into your community planning, health initiatives, and organizational outreach efforts? What experiences appeal to seniors? What can we learn from both our Guest Speaker...

Spotlight Series webinars are a peer-learning component of Managing by Network.


Dawn McCarthy, PhD

Recreation Team Leader
Wayne National Forest


Seth Brown

Senior Associate
Quantified Ventures


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